Growing Horseradish

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                    P P

(Best months for growing Horseradish in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant crowns

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

30 Jun 21, Janet (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there Don, If you have any extra crowns after your harvest I would really appreciate some please. I look forward to hearing from you Best, Janet
21 May 21, mike (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I wish to buy fresh horseradish rood for medicinal purposes. Where can I get some ? I am in Midrand. Thanks.
14 May 21, Lesley Greaves (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Can I buy a crown from a garden centre
27 Mar 21, Garre MacKillip (USA - Zone 3b climate)
can i plant horseraddish i bought in a store, maybe cut the root in quarters and plant? just curious. Thank You.......Garre
29 Mar 21, (USA - Zone 3b climate)
Plant in June.
28 Feb 21, Deana Bess (USA - Zone 6b climate)
I am growing horseradish for the first time; I started it in a gallon container in the greenhouse in December and it has been doing well except aphids. I believe this is because it is ready for a bigger space and I am concerned about putting it out in the gardens now. Our last frost date is not until the end of April. However, even if the foilage died back, it seems it would re-grow when the temperatures were better. I am experimenting and will likely put it out and then if we get another frost or snow, I will cover it with mulch and leaves.
01 Mar 21, Anon (USA - Zone 6b climate)
It says plant Feb/Mar and you planted Dec. There could be your problem. Yours could be nearly ready to harvest but you still could be having frosts or snow. Not ideal. Take the advise here and plant later. Try your mulch and see how it works.
01 Feb 21, Andree (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Looking for a couple of horseradish plant if anyone has any. Can't seem to get it from the local plant shops. cheers
13 Mar 21, Don McLeod (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Andre have you managed to get the horse radish yet . Am in the waikato and will be harvesting say July/ August if you would like some crowns
06 May 21, LYN (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Don I'd like to some of your horseradish crowns if they are available. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Lyn
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I Live in Gisborne and want some horseradish.Where can I get them. Also I look for Echinesea plants. Thank you

- Tonia van der Lem

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